February 13, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

During the last 72 hours, the Central New York region has experienced two weather events, both of which created adverse travel conditions for some members of our campus community.

In light of the recent weather patterns and given the fact that we still have several weeks of winter ahead of us, I wanted to reach out to you to remind you of our winter weather notification process. Though the University will, in general, remain open for business despite inclement weather, the safety and well-being of our community members will always be prioritized when determining operating status.

The University works with an independent weather service, Precision Weather Service, to help make decisions about weather delays, closings or schedule changes. Input is also provided by the divisions of Campus Safety and Emergency Services and Campus Facilities Administration and Services.

In the event of extreme weather and if a change in the University’s operating status becomes necessary, it will be announced via the University’s emergency broadcast notification system and will carry the notice SU WEATHER ALERT. Please be sure your Orange Alert settings are always up to date in MySlice. Information about the University’s operating status will also be announced:

•   via campus email;
•   on the University’s campus Twitter account @SUCampus;
•   on news.syr.edu and syracuse.edu; and
•   via the Syracuse University radio station WAER-FM88 and other local media outlets.

Only Syracuse University’s Office of News Services is authorized to transmit to the news media and the campus community announcements about closings, work-schedule changes, or class-start delays.

Although Syracuse University rarely closes, campus community members should be aware and take precautions when severe weather is in the area. Students, please contact your professors if the winter weather poses a threat to your safety. For faculty and staff, if you encounter weather conditions that could affect your safety when traveling to/from the University, please contact your department chair or supervisor respectively.

To learn more about winter weather preparedness, please click here.


Tony Callisto Jr.
Senior Vice President for Safety and Chief Law Enforcement Officer